A note from Tanya...

As we continue to streamline and improve our services we have discovered that we do not have every member's email address.  If you have an email that is not registered with the Chamber please send it to tanya@jacksoncounty.com.  Great new programs and processes are being implemented to better serve you!  Thank you for your support!

July Power Luncheon

Dear Chamber Members:
Once again our Power breakfast will have a new look, date, and time.  For July the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon for the monthly meeting on July 18, 2014 at Rivertown Community Church beginning at 11:30 am with the program beginning at 12.  July's focus is economic development.  I look forward to seeing you there.
Jeff Massey, President 
Jackson County Chamber of Commerce



Save the Date for this Friday, April 4, 2014. The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its monthly Power Breakfast beginning at 7:00 am at the Conference Center on Penn Avenue.  The Program will begin at 7:30 am with Key Note Speaker Chris Hart, President/CEO of Career Source Florida.  The topic this month is Education and Developing Tomorrow’s Talent Pool.  The presentation will focus on meeting the future job needs in Florida.  Feel free to contact the Chamber of Commerce at 850-482-8060 for information.

More About Chris:
Chris Hart IV is President/CEO of CareerSource Florida, the nonprofit, public-private workforce investment board led by business and charged with developing strategies and policies for Florida's
workforce system. In this role, Hart is at the center of efforts to ensure the state has the talent needed to strengthen the global competitiveness of Florida businesses while also assisting Floridians with enhancing their skills to enter, remain and advance in the workforce. Florida is currently ranked No. 4 nationally by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Chamber Foundation for its talent pipeline, recognizing the efficiency of the state education system
as well as the workforce system’s job-placement performance.

Hart has served as the Interim Director of the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development (OTTED) as the Governor’s lead economic development advisor.  In June 2010, Hart was appointed by the Governor as Chairman of the Governor’s Gulf Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force. He most recently served as the Chairman of the state’s Employer-Sponsored Benefits Study Task Force.

Prior to becoming Workforce Florida’s leader, Hart was the Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Investor Relations for Enterprise Florida Inc., the public-private partnership responsible for leading Florida’s statewide economic development efforts. Previously, he was a co-founder of Classified Technologies Group, a classified advertising sales and software company, and also served two terms in the Florida House of Representatives where he was the Chairman of the Information Technology Committee. Hart currently serves on the boards of the Florida Chamber
Foundation, the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, the Florida Research Consortium and Tallahassee Area YoungLife. He earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University where he majored in Political Science.

Hart and his wife Amy have two children and live in Tallahassee where they are members of St. Peter’s Anglican Church.



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